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Old Jun 3, 2010, 3:58 PM   #1
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Default I want a longer macrolens, but ... do I really

I mean it, when seeing those shots Scott made of jumping spiders with that Sigma 180 and 1.7x AFA I get the worse case of lba.
The only thing keeping me from going to the store and getting that stuff is that I'll have to wait for it, and they don't have a 1.7x AFA.

Then I go out with that short '105mm' and think I'm not going to use it because everything will fly/run/jump away.


And then they don't...


I spotted this scrace chasser sitting with its back to me.




So went around got a bit closer.




She flies away, but you know if you stay still they can come back.
Step back attach some flashes on the camera and see is the extra dof is worth the effort.




Getting a longer lens is something I don't think about when I walk away.


Hey a common blue damselfly




I try to get as close as possible, but it flies up and ...
lands closer than I thought I could get




Before standing up, I look around and see that this one is sitting even closer.




Do I still want that 180mm macro lens, .... yes ... but not today.

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Old Jun 3, 2010, 4:00 PM   #2
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Nice series, why not put the 1.7x on the 105mm marco? And see how that works before going with the 180mm
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 4:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Shoturtle,

it's Scott that has that 1.7x, sometimes I use an tamron 1.4tc but had forgotten it today.
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Gah the common blue, my holy grail of damselflies!

So jealous of your shots Ronny, couldn't get a decent shot of the blues so far this year and they are about at the end of their season. Still no dragonflies either, thinking they might not show until the last minute.

The Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro gives me a lot more reach than the Tamron 90mm, but it's only 1:2 macro, but still fine for full-body shots, you can take them a lot further away than with the Tamron.
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Really great shots Ronny.
I know what you mean about wanting a longer macro but, if you use it hand held, its just that much harder to control camera shake.
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these are excellent shots. Is this with the tamron 105 prime macro or the A zoom I thought you had?
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Lovely shots Ronny !

I keep looking at that 1.7 but at US$350+ even used ..... hmm.

The Tamron 70-300 works well with extension tubes !
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Still no dragonflies either, thinking they might not show until the last minute.
It's sometimes strange to not find them. In the park in my neighborhood we normally have a lot of them but this year I have to search to find one, then where I work (14km away from home) there are lots of them. Haven't seen so many. Hope some will show up again in your area.

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The Sigma 70-300 APO DG Macro gives me a lot more reach than the Tamron 90mm, but it's only 1:2 macro, but still fine for full-body shots, you can take them a lot further away than with the Tamron.
I've got an older version of that lens, 1:4 Macro and never gotten the hang of it. Maybe I should take it with me next time.

Thanks for the great remarks.

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Really great shots Ronny.
I know what you mean about wanting a longer macro but, if you use it hand held, its just that much harder to control camera shake.
Thanks GW,

I know, same thing happens when I go out to get some bird shots. A 300mm lens is about the max I can use with a monopod. If I go longer I need a tripod or more than 80% of the shots are for the garbage bin.
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these are excellent shots. Is this with the tamron 105 prime macro or the A zoom I thought you had?
These are with the kiron105mm - (lookalike for a vivitar series1 105mm).
It's got an A setting and for the rest its manual. But with macros autofocus is not something I really need (or want).

Thanks for the great comment

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